Sony Xperia X Compact Battery Life Test

By 10:00 Thu, 05 Aug 2021 Comments


We reviewed the Sony Xperia X Compact recently, but due to time constraints we couldn't finish the battery testing procedure in time for the publication date. Well, we're done now, and the results are in.

First off, though - some preliminary numbers. The Xperia X Compact is powered by a 2,700mAh battery, which is the same power as the one fitted in the Z5 Compact. The Xperia X proper, meanwhile, packs a marginally smaller 2,620mAh battery, while the Xperia XA manages with even less - 2,300mAh.


In our proprietary test routine the X Compact posted very fine scores overall, perhaps with the exception of talk time. That said, the 14 and a quarter hours that we got on a 3G call match Sony's promise in the X Compact's documentation - that's simply what the phone is capable of, and apparently it can do it in the real world just as well as in the lab.

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Talk time

  • Meizu m3 note

    48:35h

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE

    46:44h

  • Gionee Marathon M5

    38:07h

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro

    34:40h

  • vivo Xplay5 Elite

    33:20h

  • Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro

    33:20h

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate2 4G

    33:19h

  • Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)

    32:54h

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3

    32:53h

  • OnePlus 3

    32:48h

  • Oppo R7 Plus

    30:46h

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+

    30:29h

  • OnePlus 2

    30:29h

  • Motorola DROID Turbo

    30:09h

  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL Dual SIM

    29:46h

  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE Dual SIM

    29:46h

  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

    29:46h

  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE

    29:46h

  • Huawei Honor 5X

    29:40h

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 active

    29:17h

  • vivo V3Max

    28:47h

  • Nokia Lumia 1520

    28:34h

  • Samsung Galaxy Note5

    28:34h

  • HTC One (M8) for Windows

    28:34h

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4

    28:31h

  • Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet LTE

    28:25h

  • Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

    28:23h

  • Asus Zenfone Max ZC550KL

    27:47h

  • Huawei G8

    27:44h

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    27:37h

  • Sony Xperia Z1

    26:53h

  • Huawei Mate 8

    26:45h

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 active

    26:29h

  • Motorola Moto X Play

    26:28h

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)

    26:01h

  • Samsung P6800 Galaxy Tab 7.7

    25:45h

  • LG G3

    25:38h

  • LG G Pro 2

    25:37h

  • LG G Flex

    25:19h

  • Sony Xperia T2 Ultra

    25:16h

  • LG G2

    25:15h

  • Samsung Galaxy A7

    25:12h

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate

    25:12h

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 Duos

    25:12h

  • BlackBerry Passport

    25:12h

  • Motorola Nexus 6

    25:03h

  • Samsung Galaxy A8 Duos

    25:02h

  • alcatel Hero

    25:02h

  • Samsung Galaxy A8

    25:02h

  • Oppo N1

    25:01h

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo

    24:52h

  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016)

    24:32h

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

    24:29h

  • LeEco Le Max 2

    24:24h

  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra

    24:23h

  • Huawei nova plus

    24:12h

  • Xiaomi Mi Max

    24:09h

  • Oppo R7s

    24:03h

  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus

    23:49h

  • Samsung Galaxy Note7

    23:45h

  • Xiaomi Mi 4s

    23:25h

  • Motorola Moto X Force

    23:22h

  • LG AKA

    23:20h

  • Sony Xperia Z3

    23:13h

  • Meizu PRO 5

    23:10h

  • Microsoft Lumia 640 LTE

    23:09h

  • Microsoft Lumia 640 LTE Dual SIM

    23:09h

  • Microsoft Lumia 640 Dual SIM

    23:09h

  • Oppo R7

    22:58h

  • Samsung Galaxy S7

    22:57h

  • Samsung Galaxy J3 (2016)

    22:51h

  • Samsung P6200 Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus

    22:42h

  • Motorola Moto E (2nd gen)

    22:36h

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (USA)

    22:32h

  • Motorola Moto X Style

    22:23h

  • Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)

    22:23h

  • ZTE nubia Z9

    22:20h

  • Huawei MediaPad 7 Vogue

    22:16h

  • Sony Xperia Z2

    22:13h

  • HTC One Max

    22:13h

  • Lenovo ZUK Z1

    22:13h

  • Nokia Lumia 1320

    22:13h

  • Nokia Lumia 1020

    22:13h

  • Samsung Galaxy Core LTE

    22:13h

  • Sony Xperia C3 Dual

    22:11h

  • Yota YotaPhone 2

    22:09h

  • Meizu MX4 Pro

    22:09h

  • Samsung ATIV SE

    22:05h

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (MediaTek)

    22:02h

  • Motorola Moto Z Force

    21:46h

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note

    21:41h

  • Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

    21:39h

  • Motorola RAZR MAXX

    21:18h

  • Oppo F1 Plus

    21:07h

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    21:02h

  • Sony Xperia X Performance

    20:56h

  • Meizu m2 note

    20:55h

  • Huawei Nexus 6P

    20:50h

  • Samsung Galaxy Note7 (USA)

    20:48h

  • LG Optimus G Pro E985

    20:45h

  • HTC One M9

    20:44h

  • Sony Xperia X Compact

    14:14h

Move from calls to screen-on tasks and the Xperia X Compact does a better job. In Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) web browsing it's fine for 11 and a half hours, with the 9 minutes by which it outlasts the Z5 Compact easily within the margin of error. That's still 2 hours longer than the Xperia X's 9:34h - so our initial logic that a smaller lower-res display would assist the X Compact outlast the X holds accurate here, at least.

Web browsing

  • Gionee Marathon M5

    30:51h

  • Asus Zenfone Max ZC550KL

    20:22h

  • Xiaomi Mi Max

    19:25h

  • Huawei Mate 8

    17:05h

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate2 4G

    16:41h

  • Sony Xperia E4

    16:40h

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 active

    16:25h

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3

    15:11h

  • Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet LTE

    15:05h

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

    14:52h

  • Meizu MX4

    14:06h

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate7

    13:53h

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro

    13:47h

  • Huawei P8

    13:32h

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

    13:32h

  • Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)

    13:26h

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

    13:14h

  • HTC Butterfly 2

    13:11h

  • Meizu m1 note

    13:05h

  • Huawei Honor 6

    12:59h

  • Apple iPhone SE

    12:55h

  • Meizu PRO 5

    12:51h

  • Xiaomi Mi 5

    12:50h

  • Sony Xperia C

    12:45h

  • Motorola Moto E (2nd gen)

    12:42h

  • Nokia Lumia 1520

    12:40h

  • Acer Liquid X2

    12:39h

  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

    12:37h

  • HTC One (M8) for Windows

    12:31h

  • HTC Desire 700 dual sim

    12:30h

  • HTC One (M8)

    12:29h

  • Apple iPhone 6s

    12:27h

  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016)

    12:21h

  • Samsung Galaxy A8

    12:18h

  • ZTE nubia Z9

    12:18h

  • Samsung Galaxy A8 Duos

    12:18h

  • Sony Xperia T2 Ultra

    12:17h

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 active

    12:08h

  • Sony Xperia Z3

    12:03h

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)

    11:55h

  • Nokia XL

    11:54h

  • Motorola Moto X Play

    11:52h

  • Sony Xperia Z3+

    11:51h

  • Apple iPhone 6s Plus

    11:51h

  • Huawei P9 lite

    11:51h

  • HTC Desire 816

    11:48h

  • Apple iPhone 7

    11:48h

  • Sony Xperia C3 Dual

    11:47h

  • LG G2

    11:42h

  • Samsung Galaxy A5

    11:36h

  • Samsung Galaxy A5 Duos

    11:36h

  • Meizu m1 metal

    11:33h

  • Meizu m3 note

    11:33h

  • Sony Xperia Z2

    11:32h

  • Sony Xperia E4g

    11:32h

  • Huawei nova plus

    11:31h

  • Motorola DROID Turbo

    11:31h

  • Sony Xperia E1

    11:30h

  • Sony Xperia X Compact

    11:29h

  • HTC One Max

    11:20h

  • Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

    11:20h

  • Sony Xperia ZR

    11:20h

  • Motorola Moto G4

    11:18h

  • Samsung Galaxy Note7

    11:08h

  • HTC Butterfly S

    11:07h

  • Asus PadFone X

    11:07h

  • LG G2 mini

    11:02h

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4

    11:01h

  • Nokia Lumia 1320

    10:58h

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

    10:56h

  • Samsung Galaxy S6

    10:56h

  • HTC Desire 510

    10:53h

  • Microsoft Lumia 532

    10:52h

  • Motorola Moto G 4G

    10:52h

  • Microsoft Lumia 532 Dual SIM

    10:52h

  • Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)

    10:50h

  • Microsoft Lumia 950 XL

    10:50h

  • Microsoft Lumia 950 XL Dual SIM

    10:50h

  • Motorola Moto Z Force

    10:48h

  • Lenovo ZUK Z1

    10:46h

  • Samsung Galaxy Note5

    10:43h

  • Huawei Honor 8

    10:40h

  • Oppo R7 Plus

    10:39h

  • LG AKA

    10:38h

  • Huawei Honor 7

    10:38h

  • Nokia Lumia 830

    10:36h

  • vivo V3Max

    10:31h

  • Apple iPhone 6

    10:29h

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+

    10:25h

  • Meizu MX4 Pro

    10:24h

  • Microsoft Lumia 640 LTE Dual SIM

    10:23h

  • Microsoft Lumia 640 Dual SIM

    10:23h

  • Microsoft Lumia 640 LTE

    10:23h

  • Nokia Lumia 630

    10:18h

  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

    10:14h

  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE Dual SIM

    10:14h

  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL Dual SIM

    10:14h

  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE

    10:14h

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 (MediaTek)

    10:12h

  • BlackBerry Passport

    10:12h

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (USA)

    10:09h

Not quite in video playback, where the X Compact posts virtually the same (already good) result as the regular X. The Xperia Z5 Compact could last a fine 3 hours longer while playing videos. It's worth keeping in mind, however, that the Z5 Compact was tested before we adopted the standardized 200-nit brightness, and it was instead set at 50% of maximum, which meant 106 nits in its particular case so we shouldn't be quick in drawing direct comparisons for this specific test.

Video playback

  • Gionee Marathon M5

    26:24h

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 active

    20:54h

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

    20:08h

  • LG G Flex

    19:57h

  • Samsung Galaxy A9 (2016)

    18:36h

  • Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016)

    18:18h

  • Oppo R7 Plus

    18:04h

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 active

    18:03h

  • Meizu PRO 5

    18:02h

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate2 4G

    18:01h

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4

    17:52h

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3

    17:50h

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (USA)

    16:54h

  • Samsung Galaxy Note7

    16:46h

  • Xiaomi Mi Max

    16:42h

  • Motorola RAZR MAXX

    16:35h

  • Samsung Galaxy J7

    16:22h

  • Motorola Moto Z Force

    16:10h

  • Asus Zenfone Max ZC550KL

    15:40h

  • Samsung Galaxy Note7 (USA)

    15:23h

  • Motorola Moto X Force

    15:07h

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

    15:03h

  • Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet LTE

    14:58h

  • Samsung Galaxy E7

    14:57h

  • Samsung Galaxy S7

    14:50h

  • Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX

    14:17h

  • Apple iPhone SE

    14:17h

  • Lenovo ZUK Z1

    14:14h

  • Oppo R7s

    14:05h

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate7

    14:04h

  • Apple iPhone 6s Plus

    13:57h

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+

    13:53h

  • Xiaomi Mi 5

    13:52h

  • Samsung Galaxy Note5

    13:51h

  • Motorola DROID Turbo

    13:41h

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3

    13:32h

  • OnePlus 3

    13:15h

  • Nokia Lumia 1020

    13:12h

  • Sony Xperia T2 Ultra

    13:12h

  • Samsung I9190 Galaxy S4 mini

    13:12h

  • HTC One Max

    13:11h

  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)

    13:08h

  • Sony Xperia Z5 Compact

    13:04h

  • Motorola Moto E (2nd gen)

    13:04h

  • Acer Liquid Jade Primo

    12:53h

  • Sony Xperia C

    12:53h

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 Active

    12:51h

  • Huawei Honor 6

    12:51h

  • vivo Xplay5 Elite

    12:51h

  • Samsung Galaxy Premier I9260

    12:51h

  • Samsung Galaxy A8 Duos

    12:45h

  • Samsung Galaxy A8

    12:45h

  • Acer Liquid X2

    12:42h

  • Meizu MX4 Pro

    12:41h

  • Huawei Mate 8

    12:34h

  • Nokia Lumia 1520

    12:31h

  • Samsung I9505 Galaxy S4

    12:30h

  • BlackBerry Q5

    12:28h

  • Sony Xperia C3 Dual

    12:22h

  • Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)

    12:21h

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate

    12:18h

  • Sony Xperia Z2

    12:16h

  • Oppo F1 Plus

    12:13h

  • Samsung Galaxy S6

    12:12h

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

    12:12h

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 LTE

    12:10h

  • Motorola Moto X Play

    12:06h

  • LG AKA

    11:54h

  • Sony Xperia Z3

    11:47h

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo

    11:38h

  • Samsung P6800 Galaxy Tab 7.7

    11:37h

  • Xiaomi Redmi 3 Pro

    11:33h

  • Asus Zenfone Selfie ZD551KL

    11:32h

  • Samsung I9500 Galaxy S4

    11:29h

  • Samsung Galaxy Note II N7100

    11:27h

  • Huawei Mate S

    11:26h

  • OnePlus One

    11:23h

  • Meizu m3 note

    11:18h

  • HTC One (E8)

    11:16h

  • Oppo N1

    11:15h

  • HTC One (M8) for Windows

    11:15h

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    11:15h

  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus

    11:15h

  • BlackBerry Q10

    11:15h

  • Meizu m1 note

    11:09h

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

    11:02h

  • Asus PadFone X

    11:01h

  • Huawei P9 lite

    10:58h

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    10:47h

  • BlackBerry Passport

    10:46h

  • Apple iPhone 6s

    10:46h

  • vivo X5Max

    10:44h

  • Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

    10:41h

  • vivo X5Pro

    10:41h

  • Microsoft Lumia 950 XL Dual SIM

    10:38h

  • Microsoft Lumia 950 XL

    10:38h

  • Samsung Galaxy J2

    10:35h

  • LG G Flex2

    10:35h

  • HTC Desire Eye

    10:35h

  • Xiaomi Mi 4s

    10:35h

  • HTC Desire 816

    10:34h

  • Sony Xperia X Compact

    9:52h

The individual scores above (plus the standby draw) add up to a combined endurance rating of 73 hours.


The battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you're interested in the nitty-gritties. You can also check out our complete battery test table, where you can see how all of the smartphones we've tested will compare under your own typical use.

The Xperia X Compact comes with a load of battery features as well. There's the Qnovo charging tech, designed to preserve the battery in the long run, Battery Care smart charging, plus Sony's iconic Stamina modes. You can read about these in more detail in the battery section of the X Compact review.


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